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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Review: All My Sons

The crushing of youthful ideals has fueled many a drama, both onstage and off. But few have accomplished this as powerfully, or as devastatingly, as Arthur Miller in his 1947 drama All My Sons, currently revived by Roundabout Theater Company … Continue reading


Review: Hillary and Clinton

“That felt good,” this critic thought after attending a performance of Hillary and Clinton, Lucas Hnath’s topical new play in performances at the Golden Theatre. Almost three years after watching an undeniably qualified woman lose the Presidential election to an undoubtedly unqualified man – … Continue reading


Review: Benny and Joon

Even the best garnishes can’t save a badly-baked treat. Thus is the case of Benny and Joon, the latest movie-to-musical adaptation to take the stage. This pleasantly pleasing but unfulfilling creation playing at Paper Mill Playhouse is elevated with by … Continue reading


Published: He’s the Only Director Who Makes Her Comfortable Enough to Bare All

Originally published at TDF Stages View this story online   Halley Feiffer and Trip Cullman discuss collaborating on The Pain of My Belligerence at Playwrights Horizons — “We joke that this is the healthiest relationship in our lives,” says Halley Feiffer, gesturing … Continue reading


Published: 5 Theatres You Need to Know: Women’s Theatre Companies in NYC

Originally published in TDF Stages View this story online  Where to see female artists and women’s stories on stage — According to the Broadway League, women make up 66% of Broadway audiences, and we tend to be the overwhelming majority of … Continue reading


Published: Singing the Praises of Chick Flicks on Stage

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online A new musical comedy celebrates an unfairly maligned genre Fans of so-called chick flicks — cinematic stories centering on romance, family and female friendships — often defend their penchant for these … Continue reading


Published: How Being a Dad Helped Tom Kitt Write His New Musical

Originally published in TDF Stages View this story online The co-creator of Next to Normal debuts Superhero Off-Broadway — Superhero at Second Stage Theatre is a homecoming for Tom Kitt. The composer’s breakthrough musical with lyricist Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal, about a family struggling with mental … Continue reading


Published: Why Smashing the Patriarchy Is So Exhausting

Originally published in TDF Stages View this story online  Marin Ireland is all fired up in Abby Rosebrock’s Blue Ridge In 2015, Abby Rosebrock‘s mentor said he was worried about her due to “all this plasma hot rage” in the new play … Continue reading